Keeping Score: Chloé Zhao Makes Oscars History; Philonise Floyd Calls Chauvin Verdict “Necessary”; Senate Passes Anti-Hate Crime Bill; Reuters’s First Woman Editor-in-Chief

This week: Biden administration speaks on Black maternal health; all U.S. adults are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination; Derek Chauvin is convicted for murdering George Floyd; Senate passes bill to address anti-Asian crimes; Biden pledges to cut emissions in half; and more!

Kristen Clarke Makes History as First Woman *and* First Black Woman to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division

Kristen Clarke is President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s nominee for assistant attorney general of the Civil Rights Division.

In accepting her nomination, Clarke vowed to “turn the page on hate and closed the door on discrimination by enforcing our federal civil rights laws,” citing leaders like Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley as key influences.

Lisa Monaco Nominated as Deputy Attorney General: Promises “Justice Without Fear or Favor”

Lisa Monaco is President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s deputy attorney general nominee.

“The soul of the Justice Department lives in the integrity of its career professionals, in the independence of its investigations and prosecutions and in the principles it brings to bear as it stewards the ideal of justice in America.”

How a First of Its Kind Settlement Account is Empowering Survivors of Sexual Assault

For survivors of sexual assault, a prolonged legal battle is often a source of retraumatization, and even after winning a settlement, the barrage of new decisions that need to be made over how to handle the money can be overwhelming.

Fortunately, Milestone Consulting created a first-of-its-kind national qualified settlement fund solely for survivors of sexual assault. By structuring payments over a fixed period of time, The Settlement Account empowers survivors to explore their options and tend to their post-trial needs.

An Effort to Abolish Court Fees Grows in California

In February, the L.A.-based Youth Justice Coalition successfully lobbied the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to vote to eliminate most court-related fines and fees, including probation. Three other counties in California’s Bay Area—San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa—have passed similar measures since 2018. But L.A. courts have continued to collect probation fees and other court-related debts.

“We’ve been trying to collect money from people who don’t have it, and they often end up in jail, or harassed or shaken down. We’re trying to fund our governments on the backs of communities of color, and in a post-COVID world, that is just going to be impossible. I shudder to think of the more draconian collection practices to come.”

The Military Failed Vanessa Guillen and Others. It Must Do Better.

Right before her death, Vanessa Guillén told her family that she had been sexually harassed by superiors. She didn’t report it, fearing retribution. Reporting sexual harassment and sexual assaults in the military goes up the chain of command—particularly useless if the perpetrator is a superior.

Since Guillén’s murder was confirmed, current and past service members who experienced sexual assault and harassment have shared their own stories with the viral #IAmVanessaGuillen.